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Established in 1982, The Gately/Poole Acting Studio is a professional acting studio located near Chicago, Illinois. Master Teachers Kathryn Gately and Richard Poole base their methods on The Meisner Acting Technique and have updated it to serve the unique needs of contemporary actors working in today’s competitive market. Kathryn and Richard have had great success over several decades, training versatile and competitive actors for the challenging, yet rewarding entertainment industry.

The Gately/Poole Meisner Acting Program for Stage, Film, and Television provides comprehensive training in acting principles and a step-by-step progression of exercises known as The Meisner Acting Technique, developed by Sanford Meisner. Our work includes the entire, intact canon of 1st and 2nd year work and is based on the complete foundation of the original, intact Meisner Progression, updated to fit the modern actor’s needs.

The Gately/Poole Acting Studio

For over 30 years, Kathryn Gately and Richard Poole have been successfully training actors at the highest level. All of the actors pictured on our home page have trained with Kathryn and/or Richard. Our Award-winning alumni have won: Tony, Emmy, Golden Globe, SAG/AFTRA, Drama Desk, Outer Critics and Joseph Jefferson awards. If you want personal time with Master Teachers who have the ability to take you to the next level of your training, you need to look no further than The Gately/Pool Acting Studio. 
Our program works from the complete canon of the Sanford Meisner Technique combined with modern advancements from The Gately/Poole Acting Studio. We are currently interviewing prospective candidates to ensure the right mix of talent and promise for our programs. For us, teaching is a thrill. We love the creativity and pulse of the INTENSIVES!